Monday 22nd October 2018
George Lancaster – UCFB Multimedia Sports Journalism Student 2018
In the summer, West Ham were being tipped to finish in the top half of the table after spending 100 million on revamping their squad. They signed up 10 new players to try and improve their squad in which the last two seasons they had faced tough relegation battles.
However, they are currently sitting in 14thposition and have lost six of their first nine games. These include games against the likes of Bournemouth, Wolves and Brighton; teams that West Ham would expect to beat.
The on-going disputes off the pitch between the West Ham owners and the owners of the London Stadium are just the start of the team’s troubles. However, Manuel Pellegrini will be more worried about his lack of options in his squad.
Despite West Ham signing 10 new players in the summer they have a number of long-term absences to their squad. These include a number of key players; there creative spark Manuel Lanzini ruptured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament before the World Cup and will be out until January.
The other players include Winston Reid, who is expected to be out until next year. Andy Carroll, who is expected to be back in a couple of weeks but has a history of picking up injuries. Jack Wilshere, who has had a setback on his recovery from an ankle injury and Carlos Sanchez who has been ruled out for rest of the season with an ACL injury.
Things were looking up for West Ham with the forming partnership of their front three; Marko Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko. They have seven goals between them this season.
In their most recent game against Tottenham Hotspur things got from bad to worse for West Ham as Yarmolenko got stretchered off with what looked like an Achilles injury. If it turns out to be an Achilles injury then that would rule him out for rest of the season. This would be a big blow for the Hammers as it would mean another key player sidelined for a long period of time.
The number of injured players doesn’t look good for West Ham especially with the busy Christmas period of fixtures on the horizon, they play again next week with a difficult away trip to Leicester City.